Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Playing Hide-N-Seek With God

Playing Hide-N-Seek With God

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;

When I awake, I am still with You.” – Psalms 139:7-18

Hide-n-Seek is something we did as children, finding little crevices to fold ourselves into and hide from the one we played with.  We’d bend into the laundry basket, go deep within the closets, get behind the sofa, or under the bed.
As we grew older we'd hide from our parents. We'd hide the things we did on the weekends, the things we did when they weren't home. It was a need to rebel from their authority. We were even successful in keeping hidden some of what we did in secret.

But for some, the game never ended.  Some never grew up, never moved past hiding.  As adults we play it with God, thinking there are things we do that He cannot see.  Sure, He sees us on Sunday when we go to “His house”.  But the rest of the week, we go into hiding.

Actions speak so much louder than words.  It’s by our actions we see what we truly believe about God.  Let me just be completely clear.  You can hide from the law, you can hide from your friends, you can even hide from your spouse or your children.  You CANNOT hide from God.  He sees it all, and His mercy does eventually turn to correction. “For whom the LORD loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.”(Proverbs 3:12)

Are you playing hide-n-seek with God?  Do you think you have secret things hidden from His eyes?  I have bad news for you.  You are His house.  You’ve taken Him with you.  He’s seen it all. 

You can’t go where God isn’t.  That’s the power of His love.

Psalms 139:7-18 is from one who wanted to hide.  Listen to the words of one who understood the meaning of omnipresence. 

If you go to Heaven, He’s there.  But even if you could descend to Hell, He will still see you there.  Hell isn’t the absence of God for there is no absence of God.  He created Hell, and He sees it.

If you go deep into the sea, He sees you.  He works through the waters to even command fish to swallow up men who’ve gone astray (Jonah 1:17).

Shroud yourself in the darkest dark of night.  He has night vision too. In fact, He created it.

He has had His eyes on you from the day you were conceived.  He saw when you were conceived, saw you in your mother’s womb, formed your inner parts, formed your bones, and wrote all of your days into His plan.  He knows every breath you breathe.  He sees every hair on your head that falls (Matthew 10:30).

You want to play hide-n-seek with God?  Go ahead and try.  You will lose every time.  And you should consider the cost. 

He is seeking you now.  He seeks you with great thoughts of you, with love in His heart.  He seeks you to break you free from the bondage you have put yourself in while in hiding.  It’s time to stop playing games with God.   

I pray that when you awake from this game, He will still be there with mercy in His hands. 

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